Helen Robinson Wright Fund

What We Do

The Helen Robinson Wright (HRW) Fund provides modest financial assistance to individuals and families facing short-term financial hardships. We assist with food purchases, housing expenses, utility costs, medical expenses, child care, and other essential needs.

The Fund also supports a variety of educational, social service, and social justice programs benefitting Watertown residents.

Who We Are

The HRW Fund was established at the First Parish in 1995 with the purpose of serving the entire Watertown community. The principle of the Fund is managed by the trustees of the church, while grants are distributed by a committee of volunteers, in concert with church staff. We frequently work closely with local social service providers and town departments to coordinate assistance for grant applicants.

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Who is eligible to receive help from the Fund?

Any individual or family residing in Watertown is eligible to apply for assistance from the HRW Fund. Grants are usually small, and intended to provide short-term relief in emergency situations. All grant applications from individuals and families are kept confidential.

Applications from social service agencies, town departments, and non-profit community organizations serving the poor and disadvantaged are also invited. Contact the HRW Fund Administrator at office@fpwatertown.org to obtain a project/program application.

Apply for Assistance

Individuals and families may contact the Watertown Social Services Resource Specialist (617-744-9585) or the HRW Fund Administrator (617-924-6143).

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Where does the money come from?

Helen Robinson Wright, granddaughter of Miles Pratt, was a life-long resident of Watertown who cared deeply for her community. She was an active member of the First Parish, and many other civic groups as well. Mrs. Wright contributed to many charitable causes. When she died, Mrs. Wright left her home at 106 Mt. Auburn Street to the First Parish. After much consideration, church members decided that the best way to honor Mrs. Wright’s legacy would be to sell the property and use the proceeds to establish a fund in her name. The Helen Robinson Wright Fund has been sustained over the years by endowment income, grants from other community organizations (such as the Watertown Community Foundation, the Rotary Club, and others), benefit concerts, and through the generosity of private donors who wish to help their neighbors in need.

All donations to the Fund are gratefully accepted, and are fully tax deductible.

Contributions by check may be mailed to: Helen Robinson Wright Fund c/o the First Parish of Watertown, 35 Church Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

2023 Fall Walk/Run/Bike Fun(d)raiser

Thanks to the walkers, runners, bikers, and donors who participated in support of the Helen Robinson Wright Fund! The 2023 Fall Walk/Run/Bike Fun(d)raiser raised more than $10,000 to support the work of the HRW Fund in the Watertown community!